Posted in USA

Is the FBI’s massive network of informants busting terrorist plots or leading them?

[Mother Jones] “Ever since 9/11, counterterrorism has been the FBI’s No. 1 priority, consuming the lion’s share of its budget—$3.3…

Posted in France Spain

Former French envoy denies Spanish PM Gonzalez connected to anti-ETA death-squads

[The Independent] After recent accusations, “Felipe Gonzalez received strong support yesterday from the former French ambassador to Madrid, who said…

Posted in Egypt Iraq Kuwait Palestine USA

Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal ‘was a U.S. spy’ hired to find links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, killed himself during arrest in Iraq

[The Independent] “Iraqi secret police believed that the notorious Palestinian assassin Abu Nidal was working for the Americans as well…

Posted in Spain

Basque separatist group ETA to disband – Key facts

[REUTERS] “Basque separatist group ETA, responsible for decades of violence in Spain and France, Thursday announced it would permanently disband.”…

Posted in China Myanmar

Rare concession to public pressure: Myanmar halts Chinese-funded Myitsone Dam

[BBC] “In a rare concession, the Burmese government has suspended a long planned and highly controversial hydroelectric dam project in…

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Armed Palestinians fight Syrian forces, NATO to give better weapons and enlist Muslim volunteers, Hillary Clinton blames Russia for sending arms to government

[DEBKAfile] “For the first time in the five-month anti-Assad uprising, Syrian forces clashed with dissident Palestinians Sunday, Aug. 14, in…

Posted in Pakistan USA

CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden’s family DNA

[The Guardian] “As part of extensive preparations for the raid that killed Bin Laden in May, CIA agents recruited a…

Posted in China Myanmar

Renewed Ethnic Clashes in Myanmar Put Spotlight on China

[World Politics Review] “On June 9, deadly clashes broke out in northern Myanmar between the country’s army and the ethnic…

Posted in Iraq Lebanon Syria Turkey

Syria protests infiltrated by armed jihadists provoking army into deadly fights, weapons smuggled in from Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey

[The Times] “The previous week four protesters had been shot dead for trying to block the main road between Damascus,…

Posted in Iran Israel USA

Israeli magnate Sammy Ofer’s shipping company, accused of breaking sanctions, was really ferrying commandos for operations inside Iran

[The Times] “Cargo vessels owned by Israel’s richest man, who died on Friday, had been used to ferry elite Israeli…

Posted in Syria UK USA

WikiLeaks reveals U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition under both Bush and Obama, Assad blames foreign conspiracy for unrest

[The Washington Post] “The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that…

Posted in Syria

Syrian security forces kill nine protesters, seize weapons and cash from al-Omari Mosque

[Daily Mail] “Fresh violence in a southern Syrian city has left nine people dead today.” “That made it the deadliest…

Posted in Syria

First deaths in Syria protests: seven police and four protesters killed in Daraa

[Israel National News] “Continued protests in Syria claim lives of seven police and four protesters, and result in burning a…

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Regime Change and NGOs: the Colour Revolutions and the Arab Spring

[openDemocracy] “The Arab revolt of 2010-11 has spread with intense speed and magnitude. A protest that began in the provincial…

Posted in Pakistan UK USA

Release prompts claim Jihadi was US informant while helping terrorists of London 7/7 attacks

[The Guardian] “An American jihadist who set up the terrorist training camp where the leader of the 2005 London suicide…

Posted in Egypt Serbia Tunisia

Otpor! and the April 6 Movement: NGOs role in the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt

[BalkanInsight] “When I was following some tweets on Egypt, I was struck when I came across the symbol of Otpor….